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About a hundred years ago, a man read the morning paper. To his surprise and horror, he read his name in the obituary column. The newspaper reported the death of the person by mistake. His first response was shock. Am I here or there? When he regained his composure, his second thought was to find out what people had said about him. The obituary read ''Dynamite King Dies'' and ''He was the merchant of death.''
This man was the inventor of dynamite. When he read the words ''merchant of death,'' he asked himself, ''Is this how I am going to be remembered?'' He got in touch with his feelings and decided that it was not the way he wanted to be remembered. From that day on, he started working towards peace. His name was Alfred Nobel, and he is known today as the creator of the Nobel Prizes.
I now turn back my attention to you and allow me to ask you the same question. If you had a chance to see your obituary upfront, how would you like to read the title under your name? What unique personality features and contributions would you be interested in highlighting? What deeds would you like to hide permanently? You surely know the answers, don't you?
Have you ever thought how your work colleagues, family, friends and the society would remember you once you are gone? Would you like to be remembered as a person of integrity, courage and success, or the other way around? You can only make that choice while you are living.
And the choice for many is obvious, that is, gaining success by achieving their career goals. No matter how difficult the tasks are at hand, take your career goals to heart and strive to make a difference in your professional and personal life, and the society in general.
So, today, write your own life script the way you want your own obituary to be read. With all your desired characteristics and contributions, sketch how you like to be published later.
• You can only make the right decisions while you are living
• Strive to achieve beyond what is expected in your workplace
• Be remembered as a person of integrity, courage and success
Find out if the true secret of success lies within you
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company